Phrases with "wandered"

Henry James She wandered away from the ball-room with him, though she knew her husband desired she should not lose sight of his daughter. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Wilkie Collins Left to himself, Gabriel wandered hither and thither over the open heath, neither knowing nor caring in what direction he turned his steps. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu Mr. Longcluse looks rather dark and anxious; perhaps his mind has wandered quite from the business before them. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Arthur Conan Doyle Then I wandered on down the passage, with the idea that the kitchens, at least, might be tenanted. The Sealed Room by Arthur Conan Doyle [1898]

In the morning we rode in the adjoining country, or wandered through the palaces, in search of pictures or antiquities. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Robert Green Ingersoll Well, he wandered about the garden in this condition, until finally the Supreme Being made up his mind to make him a companion. The Ghosts and other lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Guy de Maupassan I had, however, made a mistake in the trains, and I had an hour to wait, and so I wandered about the streets, still thinking of my poor patient, when a man accosted me. The Relic by Guy de Maupassan

Andrew Lang The prince entered the open door and wandered through the deserted rooms without seeing a living soul. The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

George Borrow No cabin, however, appeared in sight: the moor seemed interminable, and we wandered on until the moon disappeared, and we were left in almost total darkness. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

Thomas Hardy She wandered about this place, uncomfortably conscious of the impending interview, till she was quite weary of searching; she ventured to inquire of a boy in what quarter Mr. Henchard could be found. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

G. K. Chesterton Dickens attacks the modern workhouse with a sort of inspired simplicity as of a boy in a fairy tale who had wandered about, sword in hand, looking for ogres and who had found an indisputable ogre. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

I began to feel there was something deadly in the box, her eyes wandered towards it so frequently and with such contradictory looks of dread and savage determination. That Affair Next Door by Anna Katharine Green

D. H. Lawrence Sir William wandered away like some restless, hunted soul. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

William Godwin A goat-herd fed his flocks on the acclivity of mount Parnassus. As the animals wandered here and there in pursuit of food, they happened to approach a deep and long chasm which appeared in the rock. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

Ivan Turgenev But his eyes wandered in vain over the lines: he understood nothing. The Torrents of Spring by Ivan Turgenev [1872]

Unable to fathom the mystery of death, yet fearful, if not resentful, he wandered about for days rebuking the moon, or its dire influence, and hailing passing steamers with weak whines. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

Guy de Maupassan She wandered about the little paths, looking for the spot. The History of a Heart by Guy de Maupassan

Sir Walter Scott Escaping from thence, the stream murmured down the descent by a channel which its course had long worn, and so wandered through the little plain to lose itself in the neighbouring wood. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott [1820]

We wandered from town to town; all over the world sometimes, I think; we crossed seas often, and mountains; where I do not know; I was a little stupid thing. Signa by Ouida

For four days he wandered aimlessly through the bush. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Her lips trembled; her eyes wandered unsteadily, always coming back to his face. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

Edith Wharton She wandered away westward, toward strange thoroughfares, where she was not likely to meet acquaintances. The Descent of Man and other stories by Edith Wharton [1903]

While he stood ruminating upon this apparent change in the aspect of affairs, his eye wandered to a window looking upon the area beneath the parlour, from which there came a comfortable glow of light. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

As was his custom, he wandered from air to air, seemingly unconscious of our presence. In Great Waters by Guy Boothby

Nathaniel Hawthorne My eyes still wandered towards the opposite house, but without effecting any new discoveries. The Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

Larose’s thoughts had wandered and he was thinking hazily of his little ones at home. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

Nathaniel Hawthorne The cynic, having cast aside his spectacles, wandered about the world a miserable object, and was punished with an agonizing desire of light for the wilful blindness of his former life. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

F. Scott Fitzgerald They wandered about the house, each feeling intimately the presence of the other; they sat on the same side of the table like honeymooners; they were intensely absorbed, intensely happy. Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Andrew Lang For four days the prince wandered through the glades of the forest, sleeping on moss beneath the stars at night, and by day living on roots and wild berries. The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Radclyffe Hall She thought that she knew why Stephen had hated Cornwall. After tea Stephen wandered about the house, touching first this, then that, with affectionate fingers. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

If one’s attention strayed in the lecture-room it wandered to those battle-fields. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

What had become of its master? A search was instituted at once, and all night long twenty men, bearing torches, wandered through the woods, shouting and calling at the top of their voices. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

She had looked at her watch twice during dinner, and now her eyes wandered almost involuntarily to the dial of the clock upon the chimney-piece. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Wilkie Collins At last I wandered into my father’s study — the only room I had not yet visited. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He strolled down towards the gun room, stood by the fire for a moment, and then wandered out into the courtyard, where Middleton and a couple of beaters were waiting for him with the dogs. The Great Impersonation by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1920]

Henry Adams Vaguely seeking a clue, he wandered through the art exhibit, and, in his stroll, stopped almost every day before St. Gaudens’s General Sherman, which had been given the central post of honor. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

I wandered along the lake shore, noting the kind way in which the men took care of the women and children. My Life and Loves by Frank Harris

D. H. Lawrence She wandered about to her favourite spots. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

D. H. Lawrence He wandered round the deserted stacks restlessly. Love Among the Haystacks by D. H. Lawrence [1930]

Thomas Love Peacock He took his portfolio under his arm, made up the little valise of a pedestrian, and, without saying a word to anyone, wandered off at random among the mountains. Crotchet Castle by Thomas Love Peacock

Andrew Lang Trying to find it, he wandered on, up and down, until he came to the forest where he had found the princess. The Olive Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Jules Verne Never can she reach Irkutsk!” Indulging in such reflections, Michael Strogoff wandered on as chance led him; being well acquainted with the town, he knew that he could easily retrace his steps. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

H. G. Wells I wandered far that night, very far. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

H. G. Wells He turned off from the track and wandered among the bushes. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

Edith Wharton Susy’s heart tightened with memories of Como. They wandered on, laughing and dawdling, and yielding to the drifting whims of aimless people. The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton [1922]

George Gissing When the story was told to Mr. Norman and his friend they laughed, and told the children to be more careful where they wandered to, and so dismissed the affair. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Jack London And through another winter they wandered on the obliterated trails of men who had gone before. The Call of the Wild by Jack London [1903]

H. G. Wells When our minds wandered from the preoccupations of our immediate needs, we speculated upon the possibility of stopping the use of these frightful explosives before the world was utterly destroyed. The World Set Free by H. G. Wells [1914]

Willa Cather Wunsch had been a musician once, long before he wandered into Moonstone, but when Thea awoke his interest there was not much left of him. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Anthony Trollope Then we got into the private apartments of the general, and, having dexterously shaken off our attendant, wandered at large among the deserted rooms. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

Rudyard Kipling A cab-driver volunteered to show me the glory of the town for so much an hour, and with him I wandered far. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Miles Franklin We wandered into an arbour covered with wistaria, banksia, and Marechal Niel roses, and I made him a buttonhole. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

One wandered about it, knowing that one was in London, but unable to locate its features and spirit. London in My Time by Thomas Burke

T. E. Lawrence This lad, Turki by name, was an old love of Ali ibn el Hussein; the animal in each called to the other, and they wandered about inseparably, taking pleasure in a touch and silence. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Arthur Conan Doyle They wer two of the Tom-and-Jerry clique who wandered day and night on the old round from the Haymarket to Panton Street and St. J ames, imagining that they were seeing life. The End of Devil Hawker by Arthur Conan Doyle

Mary Webb At that moment a note of music, strayed, it seemed, out of space, wandered across the hill-top. Gone to Earth by Mary Webb [1917]

George Gissing In the night she generally wandered a little. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

Andrew Lang It was a place to steal the senses from the brain, and he wandered about and saw the house, but there seemed to be no one there. The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Henry Adams Again he wandered south, and in April returned to Mexico with the Camerons to study the charms of pulque and Churriguerresque architecture. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Then I wandered down to the beach and sprawled out on the sand. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Gertrude Stein Oh yes, before this Frederic of the Lapin Agile and the University of Apaches had wandered in with his usual companion a donkey, was given a drink and wandered out again. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

Elizabeth Gaskell After this long talking Alice seemed lost for a time in reverie; and the girls respecting her thoughts, which they suspected had wandered to the home and scenes of her childhood, were silent. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

Andrew Lang He wandered so far that he crossed seven kingdoms, and at last, one evening, he came to a little house in which was an old woman. The Crimson Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Thomas Hardy Dim, flattened, constrained by their confinement, they had never appealed to her as now, when they wandered in the still air with a stark quality like that of nudity. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Wilkie Collins Julius wandered uneasily about the room. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

We soon picked up her track and found she had wandered about a mile, although hobbled, from where we left her. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Henry James He gave little heed to the play; his thoughts were elsewhere, and, while they rambled, his eyes wandered round the house. Confidence by Henry James [1879]

Rudyard Kipling I’m a foolish wench’— her speech wandered as she settled herself cosily, one elbow on the arm-rest. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

D. H. Lawrence Driven forth, we wandered down the desolate avenue of shade and sun towards the ship, and turned once more into the town. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

I might have wandered far from Kerselec since daybreak. The Maker of Moons by Robert W. Chambers

Edith Wharton She turned and wandered back to the fire, gazing, as she went, at the books her own hands had arranged and catalogued with such eager care. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

Two or three sleepy passengers got off and wandered away into the night. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

As Winston wandered towards the table his eye was caught by a round, smooth thing that gleamed softly in the lamplight, and he picked it up. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

Mrs. Mellish and Lucy wandered among the flower-beds by the waterside, leaving the gentlemen on the bridge. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

D. H. Lawrence But he wandered unconsciously, till he slipped and fell down, and as he fell something broke in his soul, and immediately he went to sleep. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

Arthur Conan Doyle Then, leaving him lying there, I wandered on in search of some place where I might be safe for the day. The Adventures of Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1903]

Cuckoo looked at the bowed, blue-black head, and her wide eyes wandered away past it, set in the vacancy of despair. Moth and Rust by Mary Cholmondeley [1912]

Andrew Lang For three days the man wandered on without any food, till he was very hungry. The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

I know that ghosts have wandered on earth. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

They wandered on, seeking some human habitation, till they were almost spent with hunger and fatigue. Tales from Shakespeare by Charles and Mary Lamb

Watkin Tench Here they again wandered over piles of mis-shapen desolation, contemplating scenes of wild solitude, whose unvarying appearance renders them incapable of affording either novelty or gratification. A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson by Watkin Tench

Fétis dozed for a little, wandered in his mind for a little, then woke with a start, perfectly lucid, and heard the clock of St. Bride’s strike ten. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

And she who wandered by my side, And breathed enchantment o’er thy tide, That makes thee still my friend and guide — And she is dead. The Purcell Papers by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Rather disappointed, I left the inn, and being foolish enough not to ask my way, I wandered on till I lost myself, while traversing a tract of unoccupied land. Monsieur Lecoq by Émile Gaboriau

Ann Radcliffe One evening, when Clara was engaged at home, Adeline wandered alone to a favourite spot among the rocks that bordered the lake. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

Olaf Stapledon The young man wandered from city to city, seeking work and the truth. Collected Stories by Olaf Stapledon

Benjamin Disraeli The party dispersed, and the Duke, after joining a quadrille with Lady Caroline, wandered away to make himself generally popular. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

Arnold Bennett He wandered to the door, which Charlie had left ajar, and listened. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Jack London There he wandered for a week, seeking vainly for fresh sign of the wild brother, killing his meat as he travelled and travelling with the long, easy lope that seems never to tire. The Call of the Wild by Jack London [1903]

Bram Stoker When still a young girl, Lady Arabella wandered into a small wood near her home, and did not return. The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker [1911]

Edith Wharton It seemed to him so naturalhowever tragic — that money ill-gotten should be cruelly expiated, that his mind, hardly lingering over Mrs. Beaufort’s doom, wandered back to closer questions. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton [1920]

T. E. Lawrence Afterwards we wandered among more small ridges until the dawn showed gentle valleys of sand with strange hills of lava hemming us about. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

James Joyce They had hardly gone when Aunt Julia wandered slowly into the room, looking behind her at something. Dubliners by James Joyce

We—that is to say, one of the M. B.‘s and the Writer—had wandered off that way in search of crocodiles. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

He wandered down towards the Serpentine. Dogs were rushing in and out of the water. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

We toiled in villages; we wandered upon the seas with the Bajow people, who have no country. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

T. E. Lawrence The others offered themselves to comfort him, but instead he wandered restlessly, grey and silent, very much alone. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

George Meredith Nevil wandered about the woods of Steynham, disinclined to shoot and lend a hand to country sports. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

Arnold Bennett And she had wandered forth solitary and was trespassing in his garden. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Rudyard Kipling But what in the world could a Greek slave know of that affair? I wandered up and down among the streets trying to unravel the mystery, and the more I considered it the more baffling it grew. Many Inventions by Rudyard Kipling [1893]

Andrew Lang They wandered through many halls and rooms till at last they found the second princess, who was quite as grateful as the first, and thanked the three companions most warmly for having set her free. The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Guy de Maupassan For more than an hour I wandered up and down the pavement; then, feeling that I was really too foolish, I returned home. “The Terror” by Guy de Maupassan

H. G. Wells He wandered into a labyrinth of possibility about the peculiar scepticism of the contemporary mind and the perplexing obduracies and wilfulnesses of so many of the rising generation. Star-Begotten by H. G. Wells [1937]

Andrew Lang He wandered about for many days, till he reached a place where food was very scarce, and for a whole week he went without any. The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

H. G. Wells Possibly I wandered a little from the point. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

Robert Louis Stevenson Thenceforth my wife laboured single-handed in the palace, and I lay or wandered on the platform at my own sweet will. The Silverado Squatters by Robert Louis Stevenson

Andrew Lang At the dawn he set out, but he did not go back to the castle, for his heart was heavy, but he wandered far into wild places till his body was weak and thin, and his hair was long. The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Andrew Lang While she was thus engaged, Cornichon and Toupette wandered away by themselves, and by-and-by arrived at the fountain, whose bubbling waters looked cool and delicious on such a hot day. The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Andrew Lang Next morning she set out to find her way back to the castle, but she wandered through the woods and forests, and she could find no path or track to guide her. The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

F. Scott Fitzgerald Then he wandered into the bedroom, and whistling the while a weird, uncertain melody, strolled here and there buttoning, adjusting, and enjoying the warmth of the thick carpet on his feet. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

Elizabeth Von Arnim And gazing into the fire, her thoughts wandered to Edward in his heyday. Mr Skeffington by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1940]

John Galsworthy A shock-headed young man and three pale-green girls alone wandered among the pictures. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

William Makepeace Thackeray Hungry and ragged, he wandered from one place and profession to another, and regretted the honey-pots at Clermont, and the comfortable soup and bouilli at home. The Paris Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1840]

They wandered to the light, and fell upon the nurse near the window. The Dark Cottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1921]

Maria Edgeworth I wandered in search of that which change of place cannot afford. Leonora by Maria Edgeworth [1806]

Andrew Lang During this time he wandered into many strange places, and had many adventures; and one day he came to a hut where a young girl lived. The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Algernon Blackwood With no special aim he wandered up and down, and to and fro. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

Guy de Maupassant For a long time I wandered aimlessly up and down, and about midnight I started off for home; I was very calm and very tired. He? (Lui?) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

Andrew Lang But in her blind haste she often missed the path, and she wandered for several hours before she at length reached the little house. The Pink Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

D. H. Lawrence Driven by fear of her departure into a state of helplessness, almost of imbecility, he wandered about the house. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Wilkie Collins He went on with his carpet-bag in his hand, applying for a bed at every place of entertainment for travelers that he could find in Doncaster, until he wandered into the outskirts of the town. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

T. E. Lawrence Accordingly, I wandered into Abdulla’s tent, announcing my complete recovery and an ambition to do something to the Hejaz railway. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Andrew Lang He had not wandered far from the shores of the lake, when he noticed a stork standing on one leg, and again he raised his bow and prepared to take aim. The Crimson Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

E. Phillips Oppenheim Left to himself, he wandered for some moments up and down the great, dimly lit hall. The Great Impersonation by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1920]

Frances Hodgson Burnett She had not wandered far and had plainly crept into the enclosing growth for utter seclusion. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

They were travellers who had wandered out there for a day. Signa by Ouida

Arthur Conan Doyle They said no more now, but only wandered and felt each other’s presence. Beyond the City by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Arthur Conan Doyle From him I wandered off to my faithful Reuben, and to his love passage with the pretty Puritan, which in turn brought me to Sir Gervas and the wreck of his fortunes. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

Radclyffe Hall They wandered along the Quai Voltaire, Mary pausing to look at the misty river. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

Andrew Lang Bitterly repenting his slowness, he wandered towards the forest where a fire was burning, hardly knowing what he did; but on his way he almost fell over the skin, which was lying across his path. The Olive Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Wilkie Collins I wandered into Owen’s room. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

Sinclair Lewis In college, that Kipling thing, ‘For to admire and for to see, I’ve wandered o’er the world so wide. World So Wide by Sinclair Lewis

Ann Radcliffe Having ceased to sing, her fingers wandered over the lute in melancholy symphony, and for some moments she remained lost in the sweet sensations which the music and the scenery had inspired. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

Nathaniel Hawthorne They wandered forth at large, like two knights-errant, among the valleys, and the mountains, and the old mountain towns of that picturesque and lovely region. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

Arthur Conan Doyle My mind then wandered to the state of the army and the prospects of the rising, which led me to my present mission with its perils and its difficulties. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

Virginia Woolf And Eleanor wandered about, holding a cup, telling people about her shower- bath. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Amory wandered slowly up the avenue and thought of the night as inevitably his — the pageantry and carnival of rich dusk and dim streets . This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

And no interruption this time, and they wandered hand in hand, and told each other their horrible dreams. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Anthony Trollope It had been eight o’clock before the party had left the inn, and had wandered with great imprudence further than they had intended. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Edith Wharton But it was for a moment only — then eyes wandered again, chatter began, and youth and sex had it their own way until the next charge shook them from their trance. The Spark by Edith Wharton

Thomas Hardy There was no chance of overtaking them, but Pierston, waked to restlessness by their remarks, wandered up and down the adjoining Piazza di Spagna, thinking they might return. The Well-Beloved by Thomas Hardy [1897]

Benjamin Disraeli As an astronomer surveys the starry heavens until his searching sight reaches the desired planet, so Lothair’s scrutinizing vision wandered till his eye at length lighted on the wished-for orb. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

He walked the straight line of life, and felt an equal contempt for the man who wandered up the hill-sides, no matter whether to chase a butterfly, or to catch a prospect of the ocean. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

William Morris So Ralph went himself by himself and wandered some way into the wood, and saw nought worse than himself. The Well At The World’s End by William Morris [1896]

H. G. Wells She wandered about the house trying to imagine herself Aunt Plessington. Immediately she felt the gravest doubts whether the whole thing wasn’t too graceful and pretty. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

D. H. Lawrence Geoffrey wandered round to the upper field. Love Among the Haystacks by D. H. Lawrence [1930]

Wordsworth gardened; and all together, or oftenest the poet and his sister, wandered almost daily over the neighbouring hills. Wordsworth by F. W. H. Myers [1881]

E. Phillips Oppenheim She wandered into the place quite by accident, in the most ingenuous sort of way, and, before I realised what I was doing, I made Sam take her on. The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

D. H. Lawrence Aaron wandered and wandered, finding the tram terminus and trying blank, unfinished street after street. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

But he soon found that he could not enter the Works without a permit, and this he was hardly in a position to demand; so he strolled about the village instead, and later wandered away into the forest. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

Though Burns for the first day or two after his arrival wandered about companionless, he was not left long unfriended. Robert Burns by John Campbell Shairp [1879]

Wilkie Collins He advanced, holding out his hand; but his restless eyes wandered unsteadily, looking away from me towards the screen. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Andrew Lang But as soon as his back was turned she forgot what he had said, and having wandered through all the other rooms she went down to the cellar and opened the door. The Violet Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Charles Stur They had become exceedingly tractable, and never wandered far from our fires; Flood, however, watched them so narrowly that they could not have gone far. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

Edith Wharton They wandered on to the edge of the vague park, and sat down on a bench behind the empty band-stand. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

On her side the lady, who from time to time blushed, darted with the rapidity of lightning a glance toward the inconstant Porthos; and then immediately the eyes of Porthos wandered anxiously. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Olivia Arundel’s thoughts had wandered far away while her father had spoken so piteously to her. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Nathaniel Hawthorne The autumn wind wandered among the branches, whirling away the leaves from all except the pine trees and moaning as if it lamented the desolation of which it was the instrument. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

Wilkie Collins I loitered here on the shady side pleasantly enough till luncheon-time, and after that took my broad straw hat and wandered out alone in the warm lovely sunlight to explore the grounds. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Sinclair Lewis That’s —” She hesitated, then defiantly: “That’s why I brought you here!” The butler took his bag up and unpacked, while Elmer wandered about the old bedroom, impressed, softly happy. Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis

George Gissing Then I wandered up and down Russia, still learning. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Wilkie Collins Had Mr. Gracedieu said anything more about that place? Nothing more; the poor Minister’s mind had wandered off to other things. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

D. H. Lawrence He wandered from vast apartment to apartment, down narrow corridors like the roads in a mine. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

From the kitchen I wandered into the parlour, or “best room”, where I unlocked the book cupboard and ran my eye along the shelves. Mr Polton Explains by R. Austin Freeman [1940]

Benjamin Disraeli They wandered about, turning the staircase into mountains, the great hall into an ocean, and the different rooms into so many various regions. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

Wilkie Collins They wandered back from present things to past, in spite of her. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Guy de Maupassan She started on again, missed the way, wandered about, and in trying to follow other directions, lost herself entirely. Une Vie (A Woman’s Life) by Guy de Maupassan

Charles Kingsley But Spenser wandered perpetually away, or rather, rose up from his plan into mere dramatic narrative. The Poetry of Sacred and Legendary Art by Charles Kingsley

She had need to repeat the question; for the young man’s attention had wandered from her, and he was watching his horse as the animal cropped the tangled herbage about the Rectory gate. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

I was so busy thinking I wandered all over those links. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

One wandered in those days through a London of sombre magnificence, its black darkness shot with gleams and twinkles. London in My Time by Thomas Burke

Walter Scott For that I wandered here to unmask him. Saint Ronan’s Well by Walter Scott [1824]

Oscar Wilde Therefore I pray thee come with me, for over the whole world have I wandered in search of thee. A House of Pomegranates by Oscar Wilde

We wandered through paths cut in the beautiful woods, and by the side of a rivulet that seems to fertilize everything through which it winds. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

Clarissa wandered into the nursery two or three times in order to assure herself, by the evidence of her own eyes, of her boy’s safety. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Guy de Maupassant By this time we began to be known in the streets through which we wandered from morning till night. The Rondoli Sisters by Guy de Maupassant [1884]

He, the ghost of his former self, wandered alone among the ghosts of trees, and fields, and hedges. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Anthony Trollope But he was terribly afraid of Amelia Roper. He wandered about through the old Manor woods very ill at ease. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Swarms of militiamen in shabby uniforms wandered up and down the streets, trying to keep warm. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

The next day he did not appear, and Selby, who had counted on seeing him at the studio, a thing which he learned later it was vanity to count on, wandered back to the Latin Quarter alone. The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers

Oscar Wilde Then he wandered across Oxford Street into narrow, shameful alleys. Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime by Oscar Wilde [1887]

Charles Dickens He might have wandered on till now, but in a little room there was a young lady who had taken off her mask, on account of the place being very warm, and was sitting there alone. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

Charles Stur From it the eye wandered hopelessly for some bright object on which to rest. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

H. Rider Haggard All day they wandered on by the banks of the river till night fell and they camped, this time without shelter. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

Andrew Lang But adventures did not seem very plentiful just then, and he wandered about for a long time without meeting either with fierce giants or distressed damsels. The Violet Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Jules Verne The laird of Malcolm Castle felt the presence of loved ones about him in the darkness as he wandered up and down the lonely strand. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Anthony Trollope I wandered about through these camps both on foot and on horseback day after day; and every now and then I would come upon a farm-house that was still occupied by its old inhabitants. North America by Anthony Trollope

Andrew Lang For some time the prince wandered up and down peering into the bottom of the stream, but though the water was very clear, nothing could he see of the ring. The Crimson Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

For three days I wandered to and fro in this melancholy town. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Arthur Conan Doyle She had been provided with a ponderous brown Bible, out of which the fly leaves had been carefully cut, and this she read, though her thoughts often wandered away from the sacred pages. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Jack London When his spirit wandered free, it wandered always in the present. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

Thomas Hardy Gnats, knowing nothing of their brief glorification, wandered across the shimmer of this pathway, irradiated as if they bore fire within them, then passed out of its line, and were quite extinct. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

D. H. Lawrence Paul wandered out to the pit-top. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Andrew Lang After they had wandered on for a long time it began to grow dark. The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Jules Verne The Doctor, gun in hand, wandered away from the others, braving the solitude and the cold in the hope of discovering game. The Field of Ice by Jules Verne

H. G. Wells Thence his mind wandered back again to a topic that had taken a curiously firm hold of his imagination. The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells [1897]

Marie Corelli Disguised as a tramp, he wandered with tramps. The Master-Christian by Marie Corelli [1900]

He wandered like a ghost in the snowy places in the Park—for snow had followed the thaw—or paced for hours by the Serpentine, staring at the water. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

George Gissing I should have wandered about these streets a starving man. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

Wilkie Collins All the time he was speaking, her eyes wandered away from him to the part of the room where Mr. and Mrs. Frankland were talking together. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]